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'Fortnite' is being sued for copyright violations behind claims it's too similar to PUBG
The developer of PlayerUnknowns Battlegrounds (PUBG) is suing Epic Games, the creator of Fortnite. - photo by Herb Scribner
The developer of PlayerUnknowns Battlegrounds (PUBG) is suing Epic Games, the creator of Fortnite.

The Korea Times reported this week that PUBG (pronounced pub-gee) is suing Epic Games for copyright infringement, saying that the Fortnite creator purposefully copied PUBG in its creation of "Fortnite."

One PUBG official said the firm filed an injunction against Fortnite.

"We filed the suit to protect our copyright in January," said the official.

Fortnite and PUBG are both first-person shooter games that pit players against each other in a battle royale, last-man-standing style of game.

Fortnite originally only had a Save the World mode, which was akin to a games normal campaign mode.

But in September, the game added a battle-royale mode, where players could battle each other in the last-man-standing format.

PUBG, a subsidiary of Bluehole, said it was unsure how to respond to the games new mode since its core elements and user experience appear to be the same.

The two firms have been connected before. Back in September, Bluehole vice president Chang Han Kim said in a press release that the company wasnt thrilled with its new competitor, especially since "PUBG" uses Unreal Engine 4, which is developed by Epic Games.

"After listening to the growing feedback from our community and reviewing the gameplay for ourselves, we are concerned that Fortnite may be replicating the experience for which PUBG is known," Kim said in a release, according to Mashable. "We have also noticed that Epic Games references PUBG in the promotion of Fortnite to their community and in communications with the press. This was never discussed with us and we dont feel that its right."

Both games have become immensely popular over the last year. PUBG has sold 40 million copies so far, including one version for the Xbox One, according to The Verge.

Meanwhile, Fortnite has made nearly $300 million in April alone, even though its a free-to-play game.